In June, I started a bullet journal. It was daunting because making my own 95% customized planner is overwhelming. I had worries about finding the time to keep setting up spreads, if I actually needed a dotted notebook, if I actually needed to pay $20 for a fancy notebook I may not use more than 5 pages of, and if it would honestly help me manage my time better. Of course, I spent weeks watching bujo (Bullet journal) videos on YouTube for inspiration. They were all beautiful and creative. It made me wonder; how do I keep up? I’m breaking this post into the three months and what my experience was like in each
By then, bullet journalling had taken off and brands were already making affordable alternatives to the famous notebook that most people love. I got this one for $12, and I’ve found some for even less! I also got a giant pack of colored pens and let myself go wild with the colors for the first month. Getting that out of my system was important; I was full of ideas. I basically played around with my options for most of June. Even with the rainbow throw up, it did help me keep on track with my summer classes and social activities.
I grew sick of colors lol.
I picked a space theme and stuck to an all black and pen spread. This month I had an idea of what worked for me, and kept refining my “style”. I knew I needed a monthly overview, a page for quotes, and depending on how busy I was, I flipped back and forth between weekly and daily spreads. Summer classes were winding down, so there was a lot more free time than usual. To do lists were needed more than structured spreads and I enjoyed that how it can be changed up that easily! This month was where I learned that all of these fancy colorful, artistic spreads weren’t necessary.
August was where I truly fell in love with the Bujo system. I knew what I liked and what was useful. I picked a lavender theme, because purple, and it was cute but not overwhelming. I also made a weekly to-do list with a small space for specific events and appointments. That kind of weekly spread turned out to be really useful with no classes and tons of free time after work. I also dedicated a spread to the weekends. I experimented with a fitness spread, but that didn’t carry over into this month (Sept).
I used to think that people who kept up with these planners were heros/aliens from planet organization. This system is really easy to keep up with. Just a little time and you’ve got yourself a cute system that also helps you keep up with life! I’ll do another update soon, it’s turned into a real passion!
So what happens when a legendary storm decides to cut through the middle of Florida instead of it’s intended path up the west coast of the state?
- it weakens (thank god can you imagine the devastation?)
- your power is out for days
- tensions run high because air conditioning is super important
- you have to do your makeup by iPhone flashlight (first world problems I know)
- the electric company’s message system begins with, “we know, you don’t have power”
- Suddenly, no one can drive and run rampant on the roads
- you count every blessing you’ve ever gotten
It’s been almost three days since Hurricane Irma barreled her way through Florida. I’m grateful to be complaining. The eye passed right through where I live in Polk county, and honestly having minimal damage is a miracle. My house lost a few shingles and all power. I’m learning the greatest lesson in patience waiting for power to be restored. Not all hope is lost though! I still have water, the office has electricity, and I have plenty of reading time. I also got to take a picture of this AMAZING rainbow the day after the storm. God’s promise that everything is gonna be okay. (if that’s not your thing, it’s a beautiful sign that everything will be okay!)
So School? It sucks to be starting off on a bit of a down note, but I’m so crazy late to post about back to school. In truth, I’ve been discouraged about life and usually blogging is the first thing that drops off my radar when this happens. Let’s ease back into the swing of things with a bit of an edit! The rest of this post is a list of YouTube videos and other blog posts about style, beauty, and other things that I think will be really helpful for the school year! Some are school specific some aren’t, it’s all about taking what you need from them.
Affordable Outfit Ideas Under $50
BACK to SCHOOL Outfits of the Week Fashion Lookbook | Miss Louie
First Day Outfit
The 10 Best Budget-Friendly Recipes for College Students
33 Healthy Eating Habits Lazy College Students Will Appreciate
10 Make-Ahead Dinners Any College Student Can Cook
Golden Eyeshadow Tutorial + Easy Winged Eyeliner | Jessica Clements
GRWM: I Got No Sleep! Makeup + Skincare | Ingrid Nilsen
Minimal Fresh Makeup | Foundation-less, Long Wearing | Talk Through
* I would like to make it very clear that all of the links below aren’t mine. These are videos and blog posts that I’ve found to be very useful, and wanted to make a nice little list of resources for anyone who may be looking for them 🙂 *
For the longest time, the one pair of shoes I vowed to never get are mules. They are a 90’s trend I could never get on board with. Bloggers, Vloggers, instagram influencers, etc. have made mules the shoes of the summer and to me, it never made sense. My arguments on this case were, “What’s the point of half a shoe,” and “it’s glorifying flip flops.” On this day, (actually a few days ago) I caved and got a pair of mules; loafer mules to be exact.
Why? Well, I found this pair that was under $25, they come in black, and they look a WHOLE lot like this high end pair. There are also three influencers that have made me convert to the mule trend: Blank Itinerary, Miss Louie, and the College Prepster. They make these silhouettes look modern and chic, so I had to give it a try.
Here is a quick pros and cons list if you’re still on the fence about this style:
- They give you an “effortless” put together vibe that I didn’t was possible to achieve with half a loafer
- no straps or buckles to mess with, just slip on and you’re out the door!
- variety of price ranges, yes broke college student, you too can give off fashion blogger vibes at a fraction of the price
- I can’t wear them if a lot of walking is involved. Maybe I need a different size, but they are kind of difficult to walk in
- Like most open shoes, they aren’t ideal for rainy days
With all these beautiful palettes released every season, which ones are worth the price?
On Friday, I wore my favorite work outfit to date. I felt good, It looked good, and everything fit right.
My super cute blazer
THE BEST JEANS ON THE PLANET
Last Wednesday, one of my dearest friends was graduating from school. Our friend group all took inspiration and dress up a little for this amazing milestone. My outfit was typical for my style, and super AFFORDABLE! I wore a black body suit from forever 21 (similar), a floral skirt from Ross, and my Aldo Yalissa loafers (yes the shoes are expensive, pretend they aren’t here). I opted for flats over heels, because the graduation took place where there were a lot of stairs to climb. The 3/4 length sleeve of my top turned out to be helpful because it was a rainy and cool evening in Florida.
A video that isn’t 16 minutes long?? Have I mastered the art of editing or the art of not rambling???
Anyways hello, My April favorites video is live!!!
Links to everything I talked about:
Clinique take the day off
Sweet Peach Palette
Frick n’ Frack
Here is an important lesson: Life is too short to read through books you aren’t enjoying. I had an entire stack of books I was half way through, or haven’t started. I made a video talking about why I’m not finishing them. This is what hopefully is going to get me out of a reading slump I’ve been in for a lot of the year!
Tell me what books you won’t be finishing and why! If you need a sign to stop reading a book you aren’t enjoying: This is it!